Have not had a lost-time accident in more than three years
PADUCAH, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — Jackson Purchase Energy Corp., a member-owned electricity cooperative, earned the Governor’s Safety and Health Awardfor going 493,132 hours without a lost-time accident or illness.
Kentucky Labor Secretary Larry L. Roberts applauded the achievement, which covers the calendar year of 2013. JPEC has not had a lost-time incident since Feb. 23, 2011.
“JPEC did not rest on its laurels after earning the Governor’s Safety and Health Award last year,” Roberts said. “The cooperative has dedicated itself to safety, and that commitment has grown into a long-standing tradition and safety culture at JPEC.”
Incorporated in 1937, JPEC now has 73 employees and provides electricity to more than 30,000 accounts in portions of six counties, including Ballard, Carlisle, Graves, Livingston, Marshall and McCracken. Headquartered in Paducah, JPEC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, a network of more than 1,000 electric cooperatives nationwide.
“Today we celebrate a single event, the awarding of the Governor’s Safety and Health Award — but every minute of the day JPEC celebrates the accomplishment of the goal of working safely,” said G. Kelly Nuckols, president and CEO of JPEC. “The effort of working safely is shared by all of JPEC. From the workers in the ditch or on the utility pole, to the management team, to the board of directors (which approves budgets to include proper and necessary safety equipment and training), all are focused on safety.”
Every establishment within the geographical boundaries of Kentucky is eligible, even if the establishment won the award the previous year. Eligibility is limited to one award during a 12-month period of time.